Diseases of the spine in horses and dogs

Dr. med. vet. Jochen Becker, Tespe, Germany

Both in small animal practice and in equine practice we are constantly confronted with problems relating to the spine.

There cannot be many of us who are not familiar with a horse owner’s initial comment that their horse isn’t riding well or has poor flexibility? Throwing its head, a reluctance for the hind quarters to go under the body, a lack of suppleness – these are expressions which we regularly encounter in equine practice.

In conventional medicine this is usually the start of a frustrating examination process which usually ends in the administration of anti-inflammatory medication and a diagnosis of ‘lumbago’.

An X-ray may possibly be taken to assist diagnosis, but usually this returns normal results. In some cases they may show changes in the spinal column may be visible, often termed ‘kissing spine’, or in rare cases they may show new bone formations in the ventral region of the vertebrae, which are then diagnosed as spondylarthrosis.

The therapy however remains the same in this case too: antiphlogistics and exercising the horse under saddle. If the problems are visible on X-ray the prognosis is often very poor in terms of the horse being ridden again. In the case of mares, owners are then usually advised to use the horse for breeding, while for owners of geldings and stallions the recommendation is to use them for recreation only.

In small animal veterinary medicine we often see spinal problems in dogs as herniated discs or protrusions. The owner first reports that the dog has poor mobility not wanting to sit and only getting up with difficulty, that it has an unsteady gait swaying quickly from side to side. Since virtually every practitioner in small animal veterinary medicine has access to X-ray diagnostics, X-rays are definitely more often used here than in equine practice. We very often diagnose spondylosis, herniated discs, spondylarthrosis, degenerative changes in the spinous process with inflammatory lesions and not forgetting cauda equina, a change in the spinal cord where compression occurs at the transition between the lumbar spine and the Os sacrum.

In small animal veterinary medicine just the same as with horses, the first therapy of conventional medicine is to resort to antiinflammatories and painkillers.

In many cases, especially in the case of slipped discs, surgery is performed.

In small animal veterinary medicine the prognosis for complete healing, i.e. complete freedom from pain and a problem-free life is, if anything, poor. Constant recurring problems and recurring attacks of pain are very frequent.

In bioresonance practice we usually see the type of case described here only in the chronic phase where multiple attempts have already been made to intervene using conventional medicine, invariably however with no more than short-term success.

Within bioresonance radiographic processes are only of secondary importance. It is true that ultimately this information gives a good indication of how long a process has already been active by being able to highlight any changes in bones, however they do not bring us any further on in terms of therapy with the BICOM® device.

In the final analysis there are almost always blocks in nerve energy flow behind any back problems, and these need to be restored. The consequence of these blocks are more or less severe pain, causing a change in the patient’s posture and also sometimes displacement of the vertebrae in relation to each other, which are visible on radiographs. The resulting stresses frequently manifest later as knee joint arthrosis, hip joint arthrosis, shoulder or elbow diseases. Back problems often begin in the cervical spine area – sometimes even resulting from an unfavourable position of the foetus in the womb. However it is in riding sports in particular that we very frequently have to deal with massive stresses to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) which are the underlying cause of back complaints.

Fortunately, for most back problems we have a very rapid solution using bioresonance therapy, which also promises long-term success. At the same time we are also helped by spine deblocking programs, programs for inhibiting inflammation, and programs for activating lymph flow and toxin elimination, which make a positive contribution to the removal of inflammatory substances. Generally with back complaints, at some point in time there has been a dysregulation of cell information. Bioresonance succeeds here in an astonishingly simple and quick way using counter measures with suitable frequencies to restore functioning cell control and so restore the flow of energy through the nerve pathways.

Treatment

In my practice I have used a tried and tested combination for back problems in the first three therapy sessions for horses and dogs alike, consisting of the following program combinations:

• Basic program 3133.0 and 133.0 because most of the animals presenting with this problem have severely blocked reactions and because of the chronicity of their disease have already been treated many times with antiphlogistics and corticosteroids.

• My best experiences with blocks have been from program combination 3017.0 for deep energetic blocks and program 530 for temporomandibular and hyoid bone block. In individual cases, but not at the start of therapy, it is worth considering thereafter the elimination of administered medications. I then carry out therapy using program 847, which can still be used even if the medication the animal has received is not available. Ultimately bioresonance therapy is based on faulty information in the body and so the body is the best source of information we have available. Of course with all therapies we also have a blood and saliva sample as an additional source of information in the input cup.

• I usually choose program 480.1 as an elimination program for renal dysfunction since in naturopathy in particular the kidney function circuit is linked to bone problems.

• As an indication-relevant program I still always choose the program for energetic stabilisation of the bladder meridian, chronic 391.1 as the first therapy, because the whole back line is assigned to the bladder meridian.

• As a supportive measure I then select musculoskeletal system muscle pain from the substance complex and apply this during the first therapy session.

Subsequent therapies are then based on the findings of the first therapy. If the owners report a clear improvement, I leave this combination running three times at intervals of one week and then decide in individual cases whether to use tensor technology in cases where some symptoms still persist. In so doing I focus in particular on programs 911.2 “Neuralgia, dragging” and 3077.0 “Nervous system stress from toxins and pathogens”.

In individual cases where the general frequency programs maybe only bring about an improvement with no final healing, then usually there are very deep specific stresses on the body caused by bacterial, viral or mycotic background. In particular with back problems attention must be give to stresses on the body from Herpes viruses, borrelia, E. coli, clostridia, candida (neurotoxic) and taxoplasmosis. Here too, bioresonance therapy can offer a quick and effective option by applying the inverse oscillation relevant to a specific stress and so bring about healing in cases where the damage would often have been seen as irreparable using conventional methods alone.

Results

With a total of approx. 118 horses and dogs treated in my practice, the aforementioned combination of the following programs during three therapies brought freedom from pain in 97 cases. Here are the numbers once again of the BICOM® programs and channel 2 discussed above. 3133.0, 133.0 3017.0, 530 480.1 391.1 Channel 2: Muscular pain

In a control carried out after around six months and after a year, of these 97 cases 16 returned after six months with a recurrence and another 4 cases experienced a recurrence after 12 months.

The ones that returned with a recurrence after 6 and 12 months were the ones having the most severe changes as shown by X-ray and had been given an unfavourable prognosis by traditional medical practitioners.

By repeating the standard protocol twice I achieved the desired success in these animals too.

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